The Rotary Club of Alexandria continued its decades-long tradition of awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations with the presentation of more than $112,000 to 45 organizations at the annual Contributions Day luncheon this summer at Belle Haven Country Club.
The Alexandria Rotary Foundation donated funds to local organizations dedicated to serving an array of needs in the community. Originally established in the 1930’s, the program awarded grants to nonprofits primarily focusing on the needs of children. Now, the Rotary Club of Alexandria grants support to programs as diverse as the Campagna Center’s Head Start, Rebuilding Together Alexandria — providing safety improvements to allow seniors to age in their homes — and Volunteer Alexandria — connecting volunteers with nonprofits.
Funds for the grants are raised each year through Rotary’s signature “Taste for Giving” event featuring Alexandria restaurants, a wine tasting from local vineyards, live music and live and silent auction items donated by local businesses. This year’s “Taste for Giving” will be held October 23rd from 7 PM to 10 PM at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. There are thirty-three corporate and individual sponsors for this event led by its Diamond Sponsor the Loch Harbor Group, Inc.
“Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities. Taste for Giving is the vehicle that we utilize to raise significant funds to support local charitable and service organizations in our community,” said Event Chair and Rotary President Larry Alberson.
The 45 Alexandria organizations receiving Rotary grants in 2015 from funds raised at the 2014 event include: Alexandria Police Foundation; Alexandria Police Youth Camp; Alexandria Seaport Foundation; Alexandria Symphony Orchestra; Alexandria Tutoring Consortium; ALIVE!; Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture; Arts on the Horizon; Beverly Hills Church preschool; The Butterfly House, Virginia Theological Seminary; The Campagna Center; The Campagna Center – Head Start; Carpenter’s Shelter; The Center for Alexandria’s Children; Child & Family Network Centers; Community Lodgings; Computer C.O.R.E.; Concerned Citizens of Alexandria; Emmanuel Episcopal Preschool; Empowered Women International; First Night Alexandria; Goodwin House Foundation; Grace Episcopal School; KI Services; Liberty’s Promise; The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia; Neighborhood Health; Rebuilding Together Alexandria; Resurrection Children’s Center; RunningBrooke; St. Clement Episcopal School; SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now); Scholarship Fund of Alexandria; Space of Her Own; Arc of Northern Virginia; The Reading Connection; Together We Bake; Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool; Volunteer Alexandria; Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool; Westminster Weekday Preschool; and Wright to Read.
Some of the fine Alexandria restaurants participating in “Taste for Giving” include: Ben and Jerry’s, Carluccio’s, Chart House, Dishes of India, Firehook, Hard Times, Laporta’s, Nando’s Peri Peri, Overwood, Pork Barrel BBQ, Port City Brewing, Red Rocks, Sweet Fire Donna’s, Tempo, Trademark and Union Street.
Tickets for “Taste for Giving” must be purchased in advance. For more information about “Taste for Giving” and to buy tickets online, go to http://rotaryclubofalexandria.net/taste-for-giving-2015